Bring balance to your life
More Australians are recognising the advantages of a preventative approach to their health and wellbeing. We are more conscious about the need to be in control of our own health decisions and how we can address them. Generally, simple and practical methodologies are increasingly being used. A positive focus on food and nutrition, activity and exercise, and our connection to nature and self, offers a broad spectrum of resources to carry out self-responsibility toward health and wellbeing.
Massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach to wellness based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It also offers pre-emptive considerations to the maintenance of wellness and can assist in managing blood pressure, lower back pain, post-surgical care, arthritis and depression.
Outside of specific health issues, massage can have other benefits, including:
- Increased circulation
- Stimulation of the lymph system, the body’s natural defense against toxins
- Release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller
- Improved range of motion and decreased discomfort in back muscles
- Relaxation of injured and overused muscles
- Reduced muscle spasms and cramping
- Increased joint flexibility
- Aid in recovering from strenuous work
- Reduced post-operative adhesions and edema, as well as reduced scar tissue
Regular monthly massage provides therapeutic relief to people of all ages and all walks of life, from the competitive athlete to the home gardener to the over-stressed business person.
Finding a reason to have a massage may be easy – finding the time may be more challenging. Taking time to care for your health is frequently difficult to prioritise – but so important!
As society embraces preventative personal care as a responsible adjunct to medical treatment, the use of massage therapy as part of a wellness program is intrinsically beneficial. It is a way of treating pain, lessening our reliance on medication. It can relieve anxiety and stress, and may lessen the risk of stress-causing diseases. As research continues to uncover the medical benefits of massage, it is important to note that its therapeutic advantages also come with some pleasant side effects.
Mind and Body Connection
Some of the findings presented in a Ted Talk by Amy Cuddy entitled “Your body language shapes who you are“, have been referenced in an ongoing debate among social scientists about “robustness and reproducibility”, or that familiar term – resilience.
Our non-verbal language governs how we think and feel about ourselves and subsequently have we behave. Our body can change our mind by the interaction of two hormones – testosterone and cortisol and we can learn how to manage these levels. As Amy Cuddy claims, our body reacts to how we think, feel and act – power posing can lead to hormonal changes that configure our brain to either be assertive, competent and comfortable or stress reactive and shut-down.
When we’re placed in stressful situations, our blood pressure raises, we tend to get a headache, experience body aches, or insomnia. Constant exposure to these stressful conditions and the cyclical burden of what we’re experiencing as a consequence, may lead to depression or constantly being fatigued or lacking in motivation or worse, contribute to more serious health conditions.
Meditation and awareness exercises helps us learn the signals that our body provides us and some of the following ideas may help keep our mind and body both relaxed and connected:
Bring balance to your life and do your best to leave work-related stress at the office. Dwelling on something after hours can create stress you do not need. In addition to work-related stress, try not to let stress at home take over your life. Whether it’s taking five minutes for a cup of hot tea and some solitude, or a regular dedicated time to decompress will assist in releasing your stress.
Aside from the obvious healthy effects of a quick workout, incorporating exercise into your day is a great way to relieve stress. A 10 minute brisk walk a day or take the stairs instead of the lift, is a good start.
Express Your Feelings
Keeping things bundled up inside can contribute to increased stress levels, lack of sleep and more. Finding a way to express your feelings, whether it’s having a heart-to-heart with a close friend or keeping a regular journal, can help you improve your mental well-being.
Find ways to relax. Sounds easy doesn’t it? But getting a therapeutic massage will help ease your muscle tension and relax, assisting in the integration of your mind.
Your whole body is connected. For total mind-body connection, you need to work on your entire self. If you are not sleeping or having aches and pains, think about what is going on in your mind or what actions you’ve been repeating. Try and identify where the problem stems from and contemplate some solutions.
A therapeutic massage from Enhance Connections will help ease tension and have you completely relaxed. Incorporating massage therapy into your overall health regime can be better achieved by Enhance Connections Solutions Membership program. It’s an affordable, well balanced preventative approach to your continuing health and wellbeing. Invest in it – because you’re worth it!